Is it weird to bless your own sneeze?

Have you ever had a story affect you so much, it changes things you do on a daily basis?

I have.

When I was a child, I read a book of Irish fairy tales, and one of the stories absolutely terrified me. The plot was that in Irish folklore, if you sneeze three times and no one says ‘bless you’ (or whatever your country says), then a leprechaun can claim you as his bride. In the story, an evil leprechaun made a beautiful young maiden sneeze twice, and on the third time his servant couldn’t let the poor girl be bound to his master so he blessed her. The story has a happy ending, but for some reason the fear of not being blessed stayed with me.

Apparently they made a movie based on it (Leprechaun 2). Never watching that. Nope.

So since I work from home, no one is usually around to hear me sneeze, so I end up saying it myself. Is that weird? Probably. Do I care? Maybe a little. But I’ll probably do it for the rest of my life.

Personal stories welcome!

Thorn by Intisar Khanani

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A true fairy-tale retelling? Yes please!

The reason I love retellings is because they take a tale and bring it to life. The originals are usually nothing more than short stories, and we don’t get to fall in love with the characters or feel what they feel.

Well, thanks to amazing authors such as Intisar Khanani, now we can! Thorn is a retelling of The Goose Girl, a novel where a princess unwillingly switches places with a maid. This is actually not the first retelling of this particular story that I’ve read recently (the other being Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier) but this one stayed very true to the original story and really made it a better version of itself.

While I really enjoyed the story itself, the book did have some issues that could not be ignored. There were many instances where I could not tell who was speaking or whom they were speaking to. It persisted throughout the novel, so I think a thorough editing would do it much good.

Overall, it is a great retelling and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys them.